Crohn's, IBS, UTI? Who knows anymore?

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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a colonoscopy May 12, and my doctor told me that my Crohn's disease looked like it was remission. I was thrilled! He also has always said that he thinks I have IBS. However, ever since the colonoscopy, my diarrhea and cramping have been 10x worse than they were before. Its to the point now where I can barely leave the house. I went to my family doctor just for a check up about 2 weeks after the colonoscopy, I told her I wasn't feeling well, but she said that was normal after that procedure. (I have countless colonoscopies, and never had this problem). She had me pee in a cup....which came back positive for a bladder infection. (I've had countless amounts of those too). So she gave me a Z-pak..... which I didn't think treated those, but whatever. Anyways, that didn't help. I still feel the same, am running to the bathroom more than ever, and am just frusterated. I'm not sure whether this is IBS or if the UTI still didn't go away... I don't know what to do. I haven't had this much diarrhea in years! Any insight?
-Heather, 24 yrs. old

- Crohns disease since 1995, officially diagnosed in 2003.

- Bowel resection in Dec. 07, Crohns reoccurred July 08.

- Medications - Entocort 9mg, Humira, Pentasa 2000mg, Bentyl 20 mg, Lexapro 20mg, Wellbutrin SR 150mg, Trazadone 25mg

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   Posted 6/7/2010 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you have any colds or infections this winter where you took any antibiotics? could it be C-diff causing the D? As for the UTI, that has happened to me a few times. I have gone in for a routine physical and found out that I had either UTI or bladder infection, but no symptoms yet. Then they didn't clear up on one round of antibiotics. They should have done a culture to see what anti would fight it best, so calling your doctor might get you a different script. Sometimes they send you home with a broad spectrum anti before the cultures come back, then if it hasn't cleared up they dig a bit deeper and go for one that tested positive in the petri dish.

Also, you may have caused some irritation from the infection. I ended up having to see a urologist and was put on some meds to calm down the internal inflamation so it didn't feel like I had to go all the time and another drug too, but I can't remember what that one was for. I was feeling much better in a few days. Again, its a matter of going to the right kind of doctor for the specific problem. They just have more things to pull out of their bag of tricks.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Antibiotics as Zanne mentioned can cause diarrhea. I know they generally make me feel worse. I am currently dealing with another bacterial overgrowth and am on a gentle antibiotic. Its not giving me D like you, but I still feel pretty rough. I know I have to be patient as I know its the antibiotics and when I get off them I will feel better. Hugs!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 6/7/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
First, your DR needs to culture your urine to make sure the Z-pack was the right bullet for whatever bacteria you've got in your bladder.

Second, the colonoscopy only goes up to the cecum, so who knows what your small bowel looks like? This is what I find most frustrating about CD. Just because your colon looks good does not mean that you are in remission, IMO. My last colonoscopy put me into a flare that it took 3 months to get out of.

Hope you feel better soon.
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